John R. Owen     |     Partner     |    

John Owen was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1970. John practiced with the Richmond, Virginia, law firms of Cowan & Owen and Bowman & Brooke before joining Harman Claytor in June of 2000. Prior to entering the practice of law, John served as vice-president of a Ford-Mercury dealership in northeastern Ohio. John’s practice is principally devoted to the areas of product liability, construction, commercial, transportation litigation, motor vehicle liability, subrogation and personal injury litigation.


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Education
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1992
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Professional Activities
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Immediate Past-President (2014 – 2015)
    • President (2013 – 2014)
    • President-Elect (2012 – 2013)
    • Treasurer (2011 – 2012)
    • Director Emeritus (2010 – 2011)
    • Board of Directors (2007 – 2010)
    • Instructor, Trial Tactics Seminar (2008)
    • Convention Chairman (2004)
    • Chair, Trial Tactics Seminar (2002)
    • Chair, Young Lawyers Division (2000-2002)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Region Director (2016 – )
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA)
    • State Representative (2016 – )
    • Virginia Chapter President (2015 – 2016)
  • Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
    • Board of Directors (2009 – 2015)
  • Lewis Powell Inn of Court
    • Board of Directors (2011 – present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Richmond Delegate to the Young Lawyers Division (1997-2001)
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
Professional Honors
  • Leader in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants & Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2013 – 2018)
    • Lawyer of the Year – Richmond, VA – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2014)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
    • Personal Injury Defense: Products (2010 – 2017)
    • Rising Star:  Civil Litigation (2008)
    • Top 50 Richmond Area Lawyers (2014 – 2017)
    • Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia (2013 – 2017)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Business Edition
    • Personal Injury Defense: Products (2010 – 2014)
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite
    • Civil Litigation (2017)
    • Construction Law (2008 – 2016)
    • Under 40 (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Virginia State Bar, 1996
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

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Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended aerial lift manufacturer/supplier in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective components caused paraplegia.
  • Successfully defended chemical manufacturer/supplier in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged volatile chemicals exploded causing blindness.
  • Successfully defended crane manufacturer in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective design caused traumatic brain injury.
  • Successfully represented client in product liability action wherein industrial equipment caused near leg amputation.
  • Successfully defended lawnmower manufacturer/seller in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective guarding and warning resulted in leg amputation.
  • Successfully defended auto manufacturer/seller in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective restraint system caused quadriplegia.
  • Successfully defended crane/lifting equipment manufacturer in product liability action wherein plaintiffs alleged defective equipment caused paraplegia and severe leg injuries.
  • Successfully defended industrial tool manufacturer/supplier in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective design/manufacture resulted in loss of sight and significant brain injury.
  • Successfully defended battery manufacturer in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective design led to acid leak and significant burn injuries.
  • Successfully defended HVAC manufacturer/installer in toxic torts claim wherein plaintiffs alleged defective equipment and installation caused the family to become seriously ill.
  • Successfully represented insurance company in subrogation action and subsequent coverage action wherein defendant’s insured burned home and defendant subsequently denied coverage for the loss.
  • Successfully represented Italian manufacturer of industrial and agricultural equipment in breach of contract action.
  • Successfully represented technology company in action wherein plaintiff alleged certain EPA violations resulted in contaminated development site.
  • Successfully defended restaurant in negligence action wherein plaintiff alleged defendant’s actions caused a fire resulting in a significant loss to retail shopping complex.
  • Successfully defended lift manufacturer in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective design of lift truck owned by U.S. Navy caused leg amputation on U.S.S. Roosevelt.
  • Successfully represented homeowner in fraud/breach of contract action against builder wherein defective foundation construction placed home in jeopardy of collapse.
  • Successfully represented construction company in breach of contract action following remediation and rebuild of home due to fire loss.
  • Successfully defended propane gas manufacturer/seller in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged explosion caused significant personal injuries.
  • Successfully represented world-wide property developer in breach of contract action involving $100 million plus sale of condominium complex.
  • Successfully defended developer in action brought by purchasers alleging defective construction and resulting damages.
  • Successfully defended automobile seller/dealer in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective component parts caused significant personal injuries.
  • Successfully defended farm equipment manufacturer/seller in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective equipment caused foot amputation.
  • Successfully defended RV manufacturer in product liability action wherein plaintiff alleged defective design and construction resulted in significant injuries/damages.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.